Clerk/Auditor

Business License Information

Business licenses will be issued by the Washington County Clerk/Auditor’s office for the areas in the county which are not incorporated. If a business is to be located within an incorporated city boundary, you may apply with the appropriate city office.

Business License Procedures and Checklist

  • Apply with State Commerce Department for business name registration. You can apply by calling (877) 526-3994 or go online to corporations.utah.gov. You will receive a registration number from the state which will be included on the business license application.
  • Fill out the Washington County Business License Application along with any and all verification paperwork or permits from the state or federal agencies required and return to the Clerk/Auditor’s office for payment (prices are located on the application) and review. Monday – Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm. Phone number (435) 634-5712. It may take several days to review the application and to have the Community Development Department sign off and approve the zoning requirements.
  • If your business qualifies for a Minor Home Occupation Business you may be entitled to the fee waived. Please see the Minor Home Occupation Business paperwork for further information.

Some types of businesses MAY require the following:

For a Beer License these steps MUST be taken:

  • Once the application has been submitted to the Clerk/Auditor’s Office, continue on with the Beer License Procedures.
  • A background check must be done. Go to bci.utah.gov. Click on "Obtain a copy of your criminal history", then click on "Application for Criminal History" and follow the instructions on the application. For any questions you can contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) at (801) 965-4445. Have the background check returned to:
  • Washington County Clerk	
    Attn: Business Licenses
    197 E Tabernacle
    St George, UT 84770
    (Google Maps)
    
  • Obtain a set of fingerprints from Washington County Justice Court. Cost $20.00 for the general public (includes two fingerprint cards. $1.00 for additional cards). These can be obtained from the:
  • Washington County Justice Court
    87 N 200 E, #301 (3rd Floor)
    St George, UT 84770
    (Google Maps)
    Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.  Walk in only
    
  • Once our office has received all the proper documentation the application will be reviewed again for final approval.
  • If the application for Beer License is denied, the applicant will have the opportunity to appeal to the Washington County Commission.

Forms

Complete the Business License Application and bring to the County Clerk/Auditor Department.

For Renewals, complete the Business License Renewal form and bring to the County Clerk/Auditor Department.

For Home-Based Businesses, complete the Minor Home Occupation Business form and bring to the County Clerk/Auditor Department.

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